Sea Platforms

DARPA lays out goals for NOMARS unmanned surface vehicle demonstrator

11 February 2020

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has laid out ambitious plans for the design, demonstration, and testing of an ultra-reliable medium unmanned surface vehicle (MUSV) that is able to operate for extended periods without any form of human intervention or under way maintenance support.

Outlining the objectives of its No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS) programme in a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on 3 February, the agency’s Tactical Technology Office is advocating “design exploration into new technologies and new approaches to ship architecture to optimise for platform survivability and mission profile performance” in the absence of any crew or human support.

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